PICKLE LAKE – Families in the Pickle Lake region are now benefitting from a safer and fully-accessible pier, dock and boat ramp thanks to an investment of more than $31,000 from the Government of Canada. A ribbon cutting event celebrating the completion of the project was attended today by the Honourable Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for the Kenora riding, who announced the funding on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedNor.
“Our government is pleased to support this project as it ensures Pickle Lake and area residents have safe and easy access to recreational programming offered at the Kapkichi Lake Waterfront. This is one of many infrastructure initiatives underway across the country that will leave a meaningful and lasting legacy as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations,” says Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora.
“The funding for safety and accessibility upgrades to the Kapkichi Lake Waterfront will help us improve a key community asset that is used extensively by local residents and our neighbours from Mishkeegogamang First Nation. As a community, we value outdoor activity and are delighted that our waterfront has received much needed improvements so that all may use it safely for many years to come,” comments Karl Hopf, Mayor, Township of Pickle Lake.
The FedNor funding has been used to install a retaining wall to address re-occurring flooding issues. The rehabilitation measures, in addition to the construction of floating docks and a boat ramp that have advanced the safety of the community’s waterfront, are a key focal point for residents and members of nearby Mishkeegogamang First Nation.
The investment has been allocated under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, a $300-million fund that was established to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday through investments in community spaces that bring Canadians together. Of that amount, $10.4 million is being invested across Northern Ontario.